REC 2008 #3
RECongress Email Updates • Nov 2007
We invite you to  Congress 2008.

Feb. 28, 2008
(Youth Day) &
February 29 -
March 2, 2008
•  •  • 
Don't forget to book your hotel room early. Be sure to ask for the Religious Education Congress. Some hotels report they are sold out of the Congress room rates!


If you attended Congress 2008 you will automatically be mailed a 2008 Guidebook. There is no need to request one again this year. Books started being mailed on Monday, October 29th.

Pass along this Congress emailing or our link -- Los Angeles Religious Education Congress -- to share with friends and encourage them to sign up for these Congress Emailing updates. If you do not care to receive future updates, you can find removal information at the bottom of this message.

The 2008 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress dates are:
     •  February 28, 2008 (Youth Day)
     •  February 29 - March 2, 2008 (Congress days)

Congress is held at the Anaheim Convention Center, located at 800 West Katella Ave. in Anaheim, Calif. (just across from Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure).

The registration fee for Congress is $60. ($70 after January 5, 2008 deadline.)
The Registration Guidebook is your key to registering for Congress 2008. It gives an overview of Youth Day and of each day of Congress as well as listing all events, speakers and workshop descriptions, travel information and hotel properties, and registration information and the Registration Form. If you attended Congress 2007 you will automatically be sent one in the mail. Guidebooks started being mailed on Monday, October 29th. NOTE: Please allow two weeks for delivery.

Have an online connection? You don't have to wait for your book to arrive to start selecting your workshops. The Registration Guidebook is available online in PDF form. You can find it online at:
Didn't attend last year's RECongress? You can order your own copy of the 2008 Registration Guidebook at

Youth Day -- Thursday, February 28, 2008
-- is specifically for those in grades 9 through 12. Youth Day is a separate registration from Congress, and there is no online registration for Youth Day. Youth Day information can be found online at, where you may also download the Youth Day Registration Form or the complete Youth Day section of the Guidebook.

Want to "guarantee" getting your first choices of Congress workshops?
Register online now.
Workshops are not actually assigned to a room location until we get the first 5,000 registrants. At that point, we run a projection of attendance and assign the most popular workshops to the Arena and the larger rooms. So, generally speaking, the first 5,000 registrants are "guaranteed" their first choices.

Make sure you're among those first 5,000 by registering online this month. When you register online you will receive immediate email confirmation of your payment (only if you supply an email address). And once your workshop registration has been processed (usually within a week or two of submission), you will receive an email confirmation with your RECongress Registration number. This is a benefit of online registration; mailed-in registrations do not receive email confirmations. (Tickets will be mailed out beginning January 31, 2008.)

To register online: First, choose your workshops (either from the Guidebook or our online page listing found at; then pay online by credit card and indicate your workshop choices and ticket mailing address.

Get registration information or register by credit card online at

The Office of Religious Education has established an Endowment Fund
to support the on-going training and formation of religious education leaders by making scholarships available to them to pursue graduate studies. It is our hope that every Director of Religious Education will be given the opportunity receive a master's degree in Religious Education/ Religious Studies. Those who contribute to this fund will be listed in the Congress Program Book as Benefactor, Donor, Sponsor or Friend. In addition, the portion contributed to the fund is tax deductible.

Online registration is the ONLY way to pay by credit card, and giving to the Endowment Fund is easy that way -- online at
Most Congress attendees stay in the surrounding area hotels. We have contracted with 31 hotels that offer special rates for Congress attendees. We suggest making hotel reservations as soon as possible. Note: Four of these hotels have already sold out of their special rates (though some may have rooms available at higher, non-Congress rates). When making reservations, be sure to ask for the Religious Education Congress rate.

Our Hotel Properties page includes a new, interactive online Hotel Properties Map, hotel listings and an Anaheim area map, information about  ART (the Anaheim Resort Transit system) and a list of hotels with ART stops, and how to order ART tickets online. All this can be found at
The Religious Education Congress Committee wants everyone to enjoy their Congress experience. If you need an attendant to accompany you at Congress, we ask that only one attendant accompany you to workshops and other Congress events. It is important to mail your registration – along with your attendant’s – in the same envelope with a note explaining that both need to be registered in the same workshops. It is essential that you register by January 5, 2008. NOTE: The Convention Center does not provide wheelchairs.

Because the distances between the Convention Center and surrounding hotels are quite large, the Convention Center has a free shuttle service to Convention Center buildings However, if you would prefer to be scheduled for Arena-only or Convention Center-only workshops, please include a note with your registration card.

Congress also offers interpreters and Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) to deaf and hard of hearing persons. Our Closing Liturgy on Sunday will be interpreted with special seating for all deaf community members. You can find additional information and a special request form in the Registration Guidebook to be submitted along with your registration.

Congress could not function without the hundreds of volunteers who generously give of their time. If you have attended Congress in the past and would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer for our next Religious Education Congress, please consider this your "personal" invitation. We have a need for Workshop Volunteers (both English and Spanish), Eucharist Ministers for Arena events (Opening Event and the two Closing Liturgies), and musicians for the Congress Choir.
You can find specifics about volunteering for Congress 2008 online at

Congress attendees may again pre-order specially priced one-day and multi-day tickets for admission to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure. Note: These tickets are not all available at the theme parks and must be ordered by February 11, 2008.
Pre-Arrival Purchase Offerings include: One-Day/One Park -- Admission to either Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park for one day; Park Hopper -- Admission and ability to visit both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park on the same day. Park Hopper tickets are also available in 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-day tickets; and Twilight Convention Ticket -- Admission valid for one visit to either Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park after 4 p.m., or 4 hours before park closing, whichever is earlier. "Back and forth" privileges are not included.

The official Disney order page for Congress attendees is

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